Amazing embroidered portraits by artist Cayce Zavalagia.
The detail and layering of her stitches are really astounding.
Conceptually straight portraiture does not generally interest me but these are just beautiful in how photographic they are- all done with thread. She has a show in NY at the end of March- and I will definitely be there to see these in person.
She turned toward wool crewel work as a medium after her child's birth and the need to create a non toxic studio. Interesting and cool motivation.
about her work in the artists words:
the portraits of friends, family, and fellow artists. The confrontational gaze of my subject toward the viewer has remained constant…so has my search for a narrative based on both faces and facture. From a distance these pieces continue to read as paintings and only closer inspection reveals their true identity. It is my hope that this discovery would cause my viewer to advance and then retreat as they are both introduced to a family portrait and a contemporary re-interpretation of traditional wool work.